Police warn residents to be vigilant against break-ins

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Police are warning people to be more vigilant against break-ins during the summer months.

Opportunistic crimes are being linked to the warmer weather, with people being more inclined to leave windows and doors open or ajar to cope with the heat.

Inspector Peter Ferrie, local policing commander for Haverhill, advised people to keep windows and doors shut, especially at night.

“It tends to happen during the summer,” said Insp Ferrie. “We had a rash of break-ins last year.

“People leave windows and doors open and it just makes those places a target for someone walking past.

“To reduce the risk of being burgled, people need to shut their doors and windows. It sounds obvious, but it cuts the risk.

“Leaving them open just invites trouble and people will walk around looking for places they can target. They will go in through a back door and take a purse or a handbag and they’ll be out in 30 seconds. It’s very distressing for the victims.”

The warning comes after a series of reported break-ins across Haverhill, including two in Chauntry Road.

The first occurred at a house between 2pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, August 8. A window was smashed to gain entry and cash was stolen from inside.

The second burglary occurred between 12.10am and 5.45am on Monday, August 10.

A window was forced, however it appears that no entry was gained and nothing was stolen. A garden shed was also entered but nothing stolen.

Anyone with information should call Haverhill police on 101.